PAINESVILLE, Ohio- A big first quarter for the visiting Tiffin University Dragons put a damper on the Lake Erie Storm's Senior Day as the Dragons made an early 21-0 lead stick in a 45-21 win over the Storm on Saturday (Nov. 5).
Tiffin wasted little time as they took a 7-0 lead on a 28-yard passing touchdown less than a minute into the game. On the next Tiffin drive, the Dragons found the end zone on a seven-yard quarterback scramble. Three minutes later, a long pass play set the Dragons up at the one yard line. Tiffin made it 21-0 with a one-yard touchdown run.
Tiffin added a field goal to start the second quarter, taking a 24-0 lead.
The Storm got on the board with their second drive of the second quarter. John Banyasz (Columbia Station, Ohio / Columbia) capped an eight play, 72 yard drive with a nine yard touchdown run. Tiffin led 24-7 at halftime.
Tiffin answered with a touchdown on the first drive of the second half. The Dragons got a score from 15 yards out with a passing touchdown.
Seven minutes later, Lake Erie closed the gap to 31-14 with a response touchdown. Following an 51-yard interception return by Zach Jude (Canal Winchester, Ohio / Bloom Carroll), the Storm had a short field. Antwan Harris (Youngstown, Ohio / Austintown Fitch) rolled into the end zone from four yards away.
Another short rushing touchdown for the Dragons ended the third quarter with the score at 38-14.
Harris was at it again as he answered the Dragons with a 15 yard scamper for a touchdown, his second of the day.
A long Tiffin return on the kickoff set up a short five yard rushing touchdown for the Dragons. That was the last score of the game as Tiffin defeated the Storm 45-21.
Banyasz completed nine passes for 142 yards along with compiling 103 yards on the ground and one touchdown in his last home game.
Jude led the defense with eight tackles and one interception. Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio / Copley) finished with seven tackles.
The Storm will finish the season with a road game at Hillsdale next Saturday (Nov. 12).